You’ll be keeping your community informed on everything going on locally about climate change and the clean energy transition. You might get some ideas on what to write about from the Los Angeles, Sacramento, Coachella, and Sydney pages on this site. As an editor /contributor of your city’s page, try to update your info every so often to keep it timely and fresh. Include accurate citations wherever needed. 🤓 Email your content to email@example.com and it will appear on the site within a day or two ]
This page is about the changing climate and energy transition in Your City
1. Create great climate change content about your city
2. Local students and concerned local residents create LocalClimate.org
1. Create great climate change content about your city.
The climate is changing in every city, town, village, borough, neighborhood, hamlet, county, township, burg, shire, and burb.
You can help everyone in your city understand the local climate situation
by communicating everything there is to know about climate change having to do with your city
so folks in your city can see climate change from a local perspective
2. Local students and interested local residents create LocalClimate.org
LocalClimate.org aims to serve people in cities and towns everywhere, because it’s time everyone needs to know more about their local climate changes. You want local climate info that’s current, accurate, and useful. And interesting. LocalClimate.org is about concerned local residents writing and editing pages about climate in their city, for all residents of their city.
It’s most appropriate that local students and local residents author their city’s climate and solutions pages on LocalClimate.org. Smart people from schools, universities, local climate orgs and action groups as well as concerned local residents – all may contribute.
You’ll be creating well-researched, well-presented local content about climate change and the energy transition going on in your town. People in your community need to know what’s ahead locally with the changing climate. You can interpret local climate projections – made by scientists, into plain-enough language and graphics. You can make content about local impacts from climate change, and report on progress with city resilience. And chronicle the great people in your town working on local energy solutions.
Do this as an individual citizen of your town, or as a friendly, informal, autonomous team of students and residents. You can research, create multimedia content, and represent you town’s climate change situation to your local public who’ll be checking the LocalClimate wiki during the 2020s and 2030s.
Yes… the crude site you see here is intended to be a wiki ASAP!
Primary audiences of your contribution: 1. Everyone in your town or city. 2. Everyone in other towns and cities who’ll compare and contrast – and feel a strong nudging effect.
Nudging across all sectors and functions among many cities could go a long way in speeding up everyone’s local energy transition. That’s the meta-reason why LocalClimate.org exists.
Everyone means all local residents, everyone in local education, local media outlets, local officials, local politicians, first responders, essential workers, business managers, moms, dads, friends, everyone.
btw, as LocalClimate’s creator, I’ve been writing about many aspects of climate change in a handful of example cities. Some of the topic pages are more developed than others. I’ve been focusing on “Climate Forecast” and “Climate Impacts” because as people reckon with it, they’ll want to see all stripes of local people employing lots of local solutions.
Your content on your town’s various solutions pages, like “Electric Vehicles” and “Solar Homes” and “Electric Farms” and “Electric Buildings” is influential and motivates people in your community to move forward. This is where you’ll make an impact on how quickly your town reaches 0% carbon power / 100% clean energy.
Students: You or someone you know who’s also smart can write about climate change in your city here at localclimate.org. Learners 9th grade through university who communicate well in any media should participate.
✍🏼 You can write about and create content on any of these local climate change topics. And talk about other local climate topics that’ll be of interest to your community. To start your page off, writing just a couple paragraphs (and a .jpg) for each section is sufficient.
1.0 How climate change is impacting Your City
Local Climate Impacts: The changing climate will impact different cities in different ways. Almost all cities will experience some kind of climate difficulty; indeed many places already are. How will these impacts affect you where you live?
What are your town’s climate vulnerabilities? Is your town already prone to flood, burn, get hit by tropical storms, etc? Does your city already suffer from the”urban heat island” effect? Is city infrastructure ready for worsening climate conditions? What damage has already occurred?” What’s your town’s worst-case scenario? What local government agencies are in charge of preparing for your local climate impacts? Is robust protection from your town’s local impacts possible? If so, at what cost? Will the changed climate impact your community’s water or food supply?
2.0 Your City city leaders + the climate
City leadership on the climate is key: Local Climate.org showcases your mayor and city officials working on local climate plans, policy, projects. See just how good a job your town is doing on cutting carbon and preparing for the new local climate.
Has your City declared a climate emergency? How awesome (or not) is your Mayor & City Council on climate? What’s in your town’s climate action plan? Describe your city’s climate policies, programs, and projects. Are they just getting started? Have they already produced good results? When is your municipality scheduled to become 100% free of carbon emissions? Does your city’s climate action plan include other sectors of the local economy besides itself? Does your city have an “electric building” ordinance? How well is your town paying attention to “climate adaptation” projects? Give your City a climate performance grade! No shaming, it’s just a simple criteria-based progress report.
3.0 Students in Your City leading the way on climate
Students at your local school or university are studying climate change. Your local K-12 system include climate change into the lesson plans of many subjects. And there’s a university researching the climate in just about every city, including yours. There’s probably some interesting new climate research going on by brilliant scientists right there in your local area.
What’s going on climate-wise at your local universities (degree programs, research, etc)? Interview a student or professors about what they’re working on. How is your local school district including climate in its curriculum?
4.0 Climate organizations in Your City
Citizen climate orgs in your town are working diverse solutions to your local climate emergency. A local climate org may be a group of people who educate local politicians on climate and energy issues. Your town may also have a group who focus is making city infrastructure resilient to the impacts of climate change.
Some of these climate groups may be active in your town. Write about their recent activities, and quote them saying something useful or actionable.
▫️ Fridays for Future ▫️ Sunrise Movement ▫️ Citizens Climate Lobby ▫️ Extinction Rebellion ▫️ 350org ▫️ Climate Reality Project
▫️ Path to Positive Communities ▫️ Climate Justice Alliance ▫️ People’s Climate Movement ▫️ Interfaith Power & Light ▫️ Catholic Climate Movement ▫️ Laudato Si Movement ▫️ Dayenu ▫️ Young Evangelicals for Climate Action ▫️ Out for Sustainability ▫️ Queers X Climate ▫️ RepublicEn ▫️ Climate Hawks ▫️ League of Conservation Voters ▫️ Regional Climate Collaboratives ▫️
5.0 Your City‘s politicians + the climate
Local Politicians on Climate: Lawmakers from your city talk about climate and energy policy at all levels of government. Some talk, and some do. Some politicians are making forward-thinking climate and energy policy. While LocalClimate.org is non-political, it does report the facts about what your locally-elected reps are saying and doing about climate change.
6.0 Progress on Your City‘s great energy transition
This is where you’re boosting local people’s interest (and participation) in your city’s energy transition.
Keep track of your community’s progress over the months and years as it works toward zero carbon emissions and 100% clean energy. Be a kind of gentle watchdog. You’re chronicling your local energy transition to raise your community’s’s interest and participation. Nudge other cities with stories about the successes of your local energy transition. Your city’s progress is a vital part of the the world’s Great Energy Transition.
Write about remarkable local energy projects: The projects and people at the forefront of your town’s great energy transition. ▫️ Who in your town currently holds the record for “most powerful solar array” in the city limits? ▫️ For example, this could be on your hometown sports arena or over the parking lots of a high school. ▫️ Briefly interview the facility manager. ▫️ Does your town already have it’s first “all-electric” building? ▫️ Have a look – schedule a tour for yourself and some friends, then write about it. ▫️ Which local neighborhoods gets electricity from a community micro-grid? ▫️ How did they do that? ▫️
Local status of electric vehicles and stations: Keep track of the rise of electric vehicles in your city until carbon-burning vehicles are all gone. Here you’ll find stats on evehicle registrations in your city, and which evehicle models are selling best in your area. Also here is the number of public and private evehicle charging stations installed in your city plus those slated for installation. Also you see your city’s growing number of electric school busses, electric garbage trucks.
What is your town’s situation with electric vehicles? ▫️ What’s the current count on electric charge stations in your town? ▫️ How many will it take to charge your town’s 100% evehicle-owning population? ▫️ What, if any are the obstacles? ▫️ What are charge station companies planning for your city over the next five or ten years? ▫️ What year will be the year when a local evehicle driver won’t have to worry about finding a place to charge up? ▫️ What percentage of drivers charge their evehicle at home? ▫️ How’s that working out for them?
Keep track of your local fire-breathing “carbon monsters” (gas & coal power plants), and when they’ll finally be done burning carbon. These monsters are a big reason why the atmosphere is heating up so quickly. Some cities will see their carbon monster(s) shut down during the 2020s. Others will burn carbon into the 2040s… 20+ more years from now.
Local Energy Farms: LocalClimate .org keeps up with the new and proposed solar and wind farms sprouting up to replace your area’s local carbon monsters. And it’s not just those solar arrays far outside of town. That huge solar array on top of your local sports arena may be your city’s largest, most powerful solar rooftop!
Your city’s electric companies are a huge part of the local transition: What are your town’s electric companies doing to switch over to 100% clean (carbon-free) electricity? ▫️ Do ratepayers think they’re acting quickly enough? Briefly ask some local folks. ▫️ Do local ratepayers or regulators have a say in where your electricity comes from? ▫️ On what date will your local coal or gas-fired power plants be shut down? ▫️ Talk about the wind and solar farms and giant batteries starting up outside of town. ▫️ What percentage of your city’s electricity comes from wind and solar? ▫️ Profile a clean energy farm near your city. ▫️ What will it take to supply your city’s entire electric needs from clean energy?
In cities and towns everywhere, things look grim about the climate. The grave impacts of climate on cities are mounting as we speak. Many towns will feel oppressively hot several months of the year. Some places will become unlivable and abandoned. Some cities will become permanently flooded. Many cities will struggle to get water. And toasted farmlands mean less food for millions of people in cities.
Climate anxiety is becoming more of a thing these days. But don’t despair too much.
Cities are also where people are doing remarkable things, big and small, acting against climate change. People in your town are well started on reducing local carbon emissions to zero.
Look at LocalClimate.org and you’ll see a surprising amount of great work being done, by regular people, right there in your community. Like, effective City projects, active local students, your town’s solar, your local solar farm’s giant batteries, smart local leadership, local EV charge stations, enlightened local politicians, climate research at your local university, effective local climate orgs, and much more.
All of us can solve this world-size emergency locally. Channel your climate despair into writing about your town’s climate situation on LocalClimate.org.
When I research and write on LocalClimate.org, my panicky feelings fade into a more zen-like “flow.” I’ll need lots of help. This is a huge project that can make a big impact.
You can also channel your despair by writing about your city on LocalClimate.org. Please, reach out. Steven Scott firstname.lastname@example.org